Posts Tagged ‘youtube’

YouTube Shortens Own URLs

December 22, 2009

YouTube has announced that it is to shorten its own URLs for those of us who feel the need to shorten our links and shoot them around the web in media that restrict the total number of characters we can use… so, basically Twitter and Facebook.

YouTube unveiled the service on its own official blog, managing to claim the url shortening URL Youtu.be. Certainly it’s nice to have the name of the company in the URL shortening service, but the fact that “YouTu.be” is a little longer than other popular services, like “bit.ly,” could well mean that YouTube’s own service could go unused by the character centric Twitter crowd.

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YouTube Shows Off 2009 Top Fives

December 17, 2009

With all the figures hitting in the last week or two showing us off the various different most searched and trended topics on Google, Bing, Twitter and everything else that keeps track, YouTube has been surprisingly quiet, until now at least.

The figures for YouTube’s most watched videos aren’t too surprising, but there are some that caught us off guard a little. The results are, for the most part, global, so we don’t need to worry about there being separate US and UK categories. Instead, YouTube’s figures just boast the top five videos for this year, with Susan Boyle leading the way (despite having trailed Michael Jackson in yesterday’s Twitter trend topics).

The top five most viewed videos on YouTube this year were:

1. Susan Boyle – Britain’s Got Talent (120+ million views)
2. David After Dentist (37+ million views)
3. JK Wedding Entrance Dance (33+ million views)
4. New Moon Movie Trailer (31+ million views)
5. Evian Roller Babies (27+ million views)

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YouTube to Get “Sports Hub”

December 11, 2009

YouTube has announced that it plans to expand its video offering by introducing what it’s calling a “Sport Hub” in a new partnership with SportAccord, a group representing 104 different sports bodies.

We’re used to YouTube announcing these kinds of moves directly on its blog, but this time word comes from the Telegraph of the move to introduce more sports content to YouTube. Perhaps most interesting is the fact that it seems YouTube intends to create a dedicated sport section, which is something it seems to have resisted so far.

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Mozilla to Reignite Thunderbird

December 7, 2009

Mozilla has announced that it intends to give the for-pay mail clients out there a run for their money with its upcoming update to its Thunderbird client, which we’re told we can expect to revitalise a scene that’s started to look a little stagnant.

According to TheRegister’s interview with the chief of Mozilla Messaging, David Asher, the company has some fairly big plans in the works that it hopes will breathe new life into Thunderbird over the course of 2010. Thunderbird 3.0 is already well on the way, with beta versions looking tighter and tighter, but perhaps more interesting is what we can expect to see from Thunderbird 3.1, and thankfully we won’t have to wait an eternity to see it.

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Two Jailed over YouTube Rap

November 30, 2009

Two young men from Massachusetts have been imprisoned for making a threatening rap video about members of the local police department, and then posting that video to YouTube for all the world to see.

In a case where the operative words should likely be “old enough to know better,” the Boston Globe is reporting that the two men imprisoned are aged 24 and 28. Normally, they might be expected to get away with a slap on the wrist, but the whole situation was aggravated a bit by the fact that the two are touting guns in the video, which is dubbed over with various gunshots. At one point, two officer’s are named, with each being followed by a gunshot and a quick snap of a gun…

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YouTube to Stream Alicia Keys Live

November 27, 2009

YouTube has announced that it plans to stream an Alicia Keys concert live on December the first from 8pm eastern US time, in an attempt to drum up support and awareness of World AIDS Day.

The streaming live event follows U2’s live stream of its recent concert to YouTube, which managed to garner itself over ten million viewers worldwide. While it seems unlikely that the Alicia Keys gig will generate quite the same amount of traffic, the fact that it’s all in the name of a good cause should at least give it a bit of a boost.

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Automatic Subtitles Rolling Out on Youtube

November 23, 2009

Google has announced that it is to deploy automatic captions across certain YouTube channels in an attempt to reach out to deaf users and make the service a little more accessible.

In a post about the latest update on the Official Google Blog, the company points out that for as long as it’s had the ability to add captions to YouTube videos, it’s had the ability to add multiple caption tracks. The new captions are automatically generated, which means that videos on any of the channels offering subtitles will, for now, be machine generated. While we’re sure that’ll cause some issues with lost-in-translation moments, it’s certainly the best way of gearing up to caption a significant portion of YouTube’s content.

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YouTube Direct to Solicit “Citizen Journalists”

November 17, 2009

YouTube has announced a new project to help connect people who happen to film something of news events with journalists who might want to use that footage in a news-context. It’s called YouTube Direct.

According to the YouTube Blog post about the new service, its development was motivated by the fact that a significant amount of the footage we see from elections, earthquakes, fires and other natural disasters comes from people just pulling out a phone or a camera and hitting the record button.

According to the folks at YouTube, the new service allows for “media organisations to request, review and rebroadcast YouTube clips directly from YouTube users.” The aim seems to be to provide more access to content for those assembling new stories, which should mean that we see more and more video clips starting to crop up in our web-based news.

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Slippery Flash Exploit Hits Gmail, YouTube, Flikr

November 16, 2009

Word has emerged of a new vulnerability in Adobe’s Flash that seems as though it may well be entirely unpatchable, leaving web users in a fairly untenable position securitywise.

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While Flash has long been criticised as something of a security risk, a large portion of that risk normally tends to be associated with the manner in which users are expected to keep a Flash player up to date in their own browsers. In that respect, if in no other, the emergence of a Flash exploit that could well prove to be entirely unpatchable is very worrying indeed. Moreover, the list of potentially exploitable sites includes names as big as Gmail, Flikr and YouTube.

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YouTube To Launch FullHD Video

November 16, 2009

YouTube has announced that it is to bump its streaming quality up to 1080p, for those who have a device capable of showing video at that resolution.

YouTube logo

According to a post on the official YouTube blog, the current “high quality” option for videos on YouTube sees video streamed at 720p, which does still qualify as “high definition” but for many isn’t considered to be true HD, a title often bandied around during the early days of this console generation and the days when HD-DVD and Blu-Ray started to appear.

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